- Released 12/9/20
The Wyoming Department of Health has pushed out a new Public Health Quarantine Recommendation.
- Released 10/13/20
The USDA has approved FREE breakfast and lunch for students 18 and under through June 30, 2020.
- Released 9/25/20
Here is the latest update from Wyoming Department of Health regarding isolation/quarantine scenarios.
- Released 7/29/2020
Here is our Smart Start Plan DRAFT, pending Board and Wyoming Department of Education approval. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the business office at 307-876-2583 or email Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Released 7/23/2020
Resource guide provided by our FCSD #24 Administration Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in K–12 Schools: A Parent Guide
- Released 7/7/2020
Fremont County School District #24 currently plans to start school as normal on Wednesday August 19th for all grades PreK-12.
The Wyoming Department of Education has released their Smart Start Guidance Document from which the district will need to prepare our own Smart Start Document for the start of school. District leadership will be meeting on July 13th to begin the process of assessing and assigning parts and pieces of the document. The District would like to invite any stakeholder interested in being part of the plan development to reach out to Amber Dye, email@example.com or 876-2583. The first Stakeholder meeting will take place July 16th at 5:30 pm. The July 16th meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.
Health & Safety
Along with many areas around the world, Wyoming is experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This virus can spread from person-to-person and the number of detected cases is growing. The resources in this guide are intended to help parents, guardians, and families understand how the school plans to operate during the 2020-21 school year.
State vs. Local Authority
The Wyoming Department of Education and the State and local Department of Health offices are charged with overseeing and supporting Wyoming’s public school districts during the Corona Pandemic. In Wyoming, local school districts have a great amount of decision-making authority over how their districts operate. The state often lays the foundation, and then provides districts with flexibility to meet the needs of their unique communities. The decision to close schools is regularly made by local superintendents in response to weather and other events in order to maintain the health and safety of students and staff. During a health-related outbreak, districts must close if directed to by their local health officer. Local superintendents are advised to follow the expert advice and direction of public health officials in their local communities. During this health outbreak, parents and families should look to their local health officer, and the state Department of Health for the most current and accurate information.
Expectations of Schools
Currently, the state expects schools and school districts to be:
Developing a SMART START Plan for our school district that defines how we will do business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Communicating regularly with students, families, staff, and the larger school community.
Practicing routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures of commonly touched surfaces.
Maintaining an open line of communication with their local public health officer.
Intentionally and persistently combatting stigma through information sharing.
Actively engaging in continual planning for the operation of school for the 2020-2021 school year..
There are other expectations and considerations from the WDE as we near the start of the 2020-21 school year. Wyoming Department of Health has shared this information: What to Expect if a Student or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19.
Start of School
Shoshoni Schools will open on August 19, for instruction working under a Smart Start Plan that will be approved by the Wyoming Department of Education and our local and state health officials. The Wyoming High School Athletic Association is currently working with the State Department of Health for approval on their plan for our high school athletics.
Smart Start Plans
All School districts in Wyoming are currently working on SMART START Plans. Smart Start Plans have to be submitted to the Wyoming Department of Education by the 3rd of August and must be approved prior to the start of school. The Smart Start plan describes how our district is going to address areas of transportation, health, instruction, facilities, communications, and other aspects of doing business as an educational entity during the COVID Pandemic.
Students and staff will be required to be temperature checked before entering the school and will wear a mask while not socially distanced.
Food & Transportation
School meals will no longer be self-served. Kitchen personnel will prepare all trays or meals for students. Ala Carte items will all be prepackaged in closed containers. We are getting creative and currently working on where our students will eat to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
The district fully anticipates running all bus routes with the potential of adding additional SUVs for student transportation. The logistics are being worked through that will meet the requirements from the state Department of Health. Regardless, students will be required to be temperature checked before entering the bus and will wear a mask while on the bus.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when a child or teacher goes home with COVID-19 symptoms?
The recommendation for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms is for them to reach out to their healthcare provider for further guidance, which may mean being tested for the virus. We receive guidance from Fremont County Public Health in the event of a positive test, so until that happens we continue to stay open.
What steps occur when a child or teacher tests positive for COVID-19?
We receive guidance from Fremont County Public Health in the event of a positive test in which direct contact tracing is being completed. The current guidance is for direct contact individuals to quarantine and likely be tested themselves. This could potentially lead to a school closure of unknown time that is determined based on the involvement of the positive cases or the current county virus situation. Please see flyer here.
Will the school COVID-19 test my child with or without my permission?
The school will not currently be performing COVID-19 testing on site and would never do any medical testing like this or similar to it without parental permission.
Will my child wear a mask all day long at school?
As per health guidelines, staff and students will be asked to wear masks only in times when social distancing is not feasible. Examples would include while on school transportation or during transition in hallways.
What if my child is out with COVID-19 for 14 days? What does this look like on his/her attendance?
State law requires school leaders to excuse absences due to safety concerns as well as absences due to illness, a health condition, or a medical appointment. The law also provides districts with the authority to define additional categories or criteria for excused absences should the need arise.
Resources & Contact Us
The best place to find accurate, up-to-date information on Wyoming’s Covid-19 status is the State of Wyoming Department of Health website.
In addition, the Wyoming Department of Education has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage with updates relevant to education and COVID-19. If you have questions related to the topics above, please contact WDE at 307-777-7675 or email.
If you have questions/concerns in the development of our SMART START Plan, please reach out to the district office at (307) 876-2583, or Amber Dye firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Fremont CSD#24 is required to limit in-person attendance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will transition to a hybrid distance learning model that still puts teachers and students in contact with one another on a regularly scheduled basis. In the case of closure, it is the district’s intent to work with local and state health officials to find a way to continue to service small groups of our students on a regular basis on site.
If the district has extended school closures, the district will remain responsible for the free appropriate public education (FAPE) of its students eligible for special education services with an individualized education program (IEP). Fremont County School District #24 will be communicating with parents and guardians prior to, during, and after a school closure regarding their child’s IEP services. We learned some valuable lessons during the spring closure of schools, and will continue to work to improve services and make sure our students and your children are making progress on their IEP goals. Please note, if a school closure causes educational services for all students to pause within a school or district, then the school/district is generally not required to provide services to the affected students eligible for special education services during that same period of time.